Friday, September 12, 2008

Bread Upma

The trend continues - I still don't feel like cooking. And right now, I don't feel very talkative either, so will cut right to the chase, so to speak. The first time I had this dish, was when gran mom was visiting, and she made it. I remember our dogs sitting around the table & begging for pieces, while I cut up the bread - cute dogs they are too! Hmmm, those were the carefree days of youth - no responsibilities, no family to care for, someone else to take care of the basic necessities - like cooking. Nostalgia - okie this is going nowhere, didn't I say I wasn't feeling very talkative? Gosh! I wish I am back home.... Alright, that's enough, get on with it now! Well, it was all that reminiscing that made me prompted me to make bread upma - so just sharing my thoughts with you all.

Sour dough bread (store bought) - 12 -15 slices
Onion - 1 large
Curry leaves - 2 large stalks
Mustard - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Red chili - 1-3
Channa dal - 1-2 tbsp
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tbsp
Water - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp

Chop onion & curry leaves
Cut bread slices into bite sized pieces
Heat oil in a wide / large skillet, splutter mustard, add jeera, red chillies, chana dal & curry leaves, saute for a minute
Add onion and saute till it starts browning
Mix tomato ketchup, water & salt, add to onions, saute another 20-30 secs
Put in the bread, stir well to spread the garnish across the bread
Keep stirring till the bread pieces become a nice golden brown.
Serve it up!

I started making this in a large deep skillet & then it was difficult to toss the bread, so transferred to a wok. Take care not to use too much water, else the bread gets soggy / soft. The sourdough gives a very nice flavour to this bread.

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